SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
SILVERWOOD: Trout action has been fair after DFW trout plants this week and the last two weeks. The plants have improved the trout action in Cleghorn, Miller and around the marina, especially on small spinners, trout plastics or jigs, and floating dough baits. Andrew Hunter and Tim Mackert, both Yucca Valley, had seven trout to 1-8 and a six-pound largemouth fishing nightcrawlers off the dock. The trout plants also brought up a few bigger stripers. Overall, the striper bite has been good, but mostly on smaller fish under four pounds on lug worms and cut bait. Alex Gutierrez, Victorville, had a 12-pound striper on a swimbait in Miller. The catfish are also pretty good and showing on the same cut baits, along with shrimp and chicken liver, but the best action is at the inlet and dam. But most coves are producing fish. Ben Boetell, Ontario, had a 6-9 catfish on floating cheese bait. The bluegill also remain fair off the dock and in most of the coves on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina (760) 389-2299, state park (760) 389-2281, Silverwood Country store (760) 389-2423.
BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout bite continues to be up and down. Trollers using ‘crawlers and flies behind one to two colors of lead core are getting a few fish early in the day. Once the sun is up the trout move deeper and are best with three to four colors of leadcore and Needlefish. The trout are concentrated from Windy Point to the dam. Shore anglers continue to soak crawlers and dough bait hung from slip bobbers in the same area along the North Shore with decent results. Bass action has slowed a bit, but a few smallmouth are showing on reaction baits while the largemouth are best on plastics. Crappie and bluegill have been hard to find with the fish moving a lot. Best areas for the panfish have been Mallard and Boulder Bays, Eagle Point, and Marina Point. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods (909) 866-3222.
GREGORY LAKE: Trout action has been fair to good with some quality fish reported. Most recent plant was two weeks ago. George Groty, Crestline, had a limit of trout to three pounds fishing PowerBait in the east end. There is a $4 per day fishing access fee for the whole lake. The Crestline Chamber of Commerce is having trout derbies the second Saturday of each month with a $1,000 tagged fish the top prize. Derby entry fee is $20 per person and includes the $4 lake fishing fee. Lake, derby, and fishing information at (909) 338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Good trout action with a lot of trout to two pounds landed, along with many limits. DFW trout plant this week and four private plants the past two weeks. The crappie raffle is back for 2014. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for an Aug. 30 drawing for a $100 Bass Pro gift card. Information: (909) 867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is gvlfishing.com.
JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were also planted with DFW trout this week and two weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.